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Whether you’re a business owner, a risk manager, or an individual seeking to understand the implications of Cyber Liability, this blog will provide you with the knowledge and resources you need to navigate the complex world of cyber security and protect your organisation against the evolving cyber threat landscape.

What is Cyber Liability?

Cyber liability refers to the potential risk and financial exposure faced by individuals or organisations due to cyber-related incidents or data breaches. It encompasses the legal and financial responsibilities that arise from the loss, theft, or compromise of sensitive information, as well as damage to computer systems and networks.

Why is it becoming more common?

With the increasing reliance on technology and digital systems, cyber threats have become a significant concern for businesses, governments, and individuals. Cyber Liability Insurance is a type of coverage designed to protect against these risks by providing financial support in the event of a cyber incident. 

Why should I have it / what are the benefits?

Cyber Liability Insurance typically covers expenses associated with various aspects of a cyber incident, including:

  • Data breaches
  • Legal and regulatory compliance
  • Business interruption
  • Data restoration and recovery
  • Extortion and ransomware
  • Public relations and reputation management

The specific coverage and limits provided by Cyber Liability Insurance can vary depending on the policy and insurer. Cover is also dependent on your current IT infrastructure and companies without a good approach to cyber security such as Multi-factor Authentication, email protection, or critical systems and data backups are unlikely to get good cover, if at all.

It’s important for individuals and organisations to carefully review and understand the terms and conditions of their Cyber Liability Insurance policies to ensure they have appropriate coverage for their needs.

What can I do to limit my cyber risk?

Implementing robust cyber security measures is crucial in mitigating cyber risks and minimising potential liabilities. A good way to reduce cyber risk is becoming Cyber Essentials certified.

What is Cyber Essentials?

Cyber Essentials is a government-backed, industry-supported scheme designed to help organisations protect themselves against common online threats. Cyber Essentials is suitable for all organisations, of any size, in any sector. As well as helping to guard your organisation against cyber-attacks, Cyber Essentials demonstrates your commitment to cyber security to your customers and suppliers.

Here’s how Cyber Essentials can limit your cyber risk:

  • Basic Security Controls
  • Risk Assessment
  • Security Awareness
  • Assurance and Trust
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Continuous Improvement

Cyber Essentials should not be treated as a cyber security MOT, once you are certified and have the controls in place, you should maintain these through reviews and audits and build them into your IT Strategy.

Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus

  • Cyber Essentials is a foundation level certification designed to provide a statement of the basic controls your organisation should have in place to mitigate the risk from common cyber threats.
  • Cyber Essentials Plus is the highest level of certification offered under the Cyber Essentials scheme.It is a more rigorous test of your organisation’s cyber security systems where your business is subject to internal and external vulnerability assessments by cyber security experts to ensure that your organisation has technical controls in place to protect against basic hacking and phishing attacks.

How can Matrix help?

As fully trained Cyber Essentials consultants, we’ll help you implement and achieve the Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus certifications to provide a solid foundation for your cyber security strategy which is an ongoing commitment. Organisations should always consider additional security measures and tailor their approach based on their specific risks, industry, and the ever-evolving threat landscape.

Matrix IT can guide you through the full process, email us today or call us on 01329 888444.

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